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Tenerife

Tenerife

If there is any spot on the globe that enjoys a perfect climate, Tenerife in the Canary Islands is it. There is markedly little variation in the average temperatures between summer and winter, which hover between 59ºF and 75ºF (15-24ºC), and there is only very occasional rain. Throw this in to the mix of verdant forests in the northern part of the island as well as mountains, deserts, volcanoes, exotic plant and animal life, and spectacular beaches (with black volcanic sand) - and you have a holiday paradise.

Tenerife offers the unique experience of swimming and sunbathing on a beautiful beach while just a few miles away snow sparkles on the crest of Mount Teide. The island's central mountain stands at 12,200 feet (3,719m), the highest in Spain, and a cable-car ride to the summit offers unrivalled views of the lunar-like landscape of the volcanic slopes.

The island's capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, is an upbeat town geared for tourism. Its port, where once the first shots of the Spanish Civil War were fired, is today a morass of ferries, jetfoils and freighters.


Information & Facts

Climate

Tenerife has a wonderful climate; the average temperature is comfortable all year round, rarely dropping below 63°F (17°C) and more often above 82°F (28°C) during the day. The cooling breeze ensures that there is little humidity. During winter the evenings can get relatively cold. Rainfall in the summer months is almost non-existent, but showers are likely between October and April. In-land, particularly around Teide National Park, temperatures can drop far lower so dress for cool evenings and rainfall if exploring the high altitudes around the interior of the island.

Getting around

There are plenty of metered taxis available in all resorts and a good, cheap bus service operates around the resorts and between all the main towns on the island; there is nowhere on the island that takes much longer than an hour to get to by bus. Local car rental companies have offices in all the main resorts, and are good value and popular with those wanting to explore the north of the island.

Language

Spanish is the official language, but English is widely understood in areas frequented by tourists. Catalan, Galician and Basque are spoken in the relevant areas.

Money

Spain's official currency is the Euro (EUR). One Euro is divided into 100 cents. Money can be exchanged at bureaux de change and major hotels, but banks give the best rates. All major credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted at most hotels, restaurants, and shops. ATMs are widespread and are generally the cheapest and most convenient method of obtaining money.

Shopping

Tenerife is well geared for shoppers, with plenty of supermarkets in the larger towns providing all basics and foodstuffs for self-catering tourists, and plenty of markets and smaller shops all around the island for gifts and bargains.

Of course, the Canary Islands is a duty-free zone, so tobacco, alcohol and other goods are much cheaper than continental Europe. Take note of duty-free limits before returning home: technically you're only allowed to bring back 1 litre of spirits and 200 cigarettes, although in practice most countries allow enough for personal consumption. Clothing is also great value in Tenerife, a fact that many visitors take advantage of. Popular brands such as Zara and Mango have outlets around the island.

The best shopping is in Santa Cruz, particularly on Calle Castillo where all the fashion stores are. There is also a newly mega-mall - Meridiano on Avenida La Salle - and El Corte Ingles, an enormous department store. Just outside of town is the enormous Carrefour hypermarket.

Most of the resorts and small towns have weekly markets. The huge Sunday market in Los Cristianos is a fleamarket extravaganza selling everything under the sun from fabrics and books to knock-down property! In Santa Cruz, the African market is well worth exploring, with 300 stores selling fresh produce and interesting curios. On Sundays the area around the market becomes the El Rastro Flea Market, a good place to pick-up quality handicrafts and bargain souvenirs. Golf del Sur has a good market near the marina on Friday mornings; Los Abrigos puts on a decent night market every Tuesday evening; while Guaza has recently begun hosting a Sunday fleamarket.

Best buys in Tenerife, apart from booze and cigarettes, are the award-winning local cheeses and honey, leather goods such as shoes and belts, and Turrón, the almonds and honey confection available around the festive season. Avoid shopping at the airport where prices tend to be significantly inflated. Note that if you paying via debit or credit card you will need to show your passport. Many shops still observe the very sensible custom of closing over siesta (1.30 to 4.30pm) and will close all day Sunday.

Sightseeing

There is much more to Tenerife than it's gorgeous beaches and exciting nightlife.

Time

Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between the last Sunday in March and the Saturday before the last Sunday in October). The Canary Islands: GMT (GMT +1 in summer).

Weather

Tenerife

Mon, 21 Aug
Morning clouds. Hot.
33 | 25 °C
Morning clouds. Hot.
50% Chance of precipitation
Tue, 22 Aug
Tstorms late. Partly sunny. Hot.
35 | 26 °C
Tstorms late. Partly sunny. Hot.
24% Chance of precipitation
Wed, 23 Aug
Thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Warm.
32 | 25 °C
Thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy. Warm.
23% Chance of precipitation
Thu, 24 Aug
Heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. Hot.
33 | 25 °C
Heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. Hot.
57% Chance of precipitation
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